Environmental Politics in Canada: Managing the Commons into the 21st Century

Paperback | November 15, 2001

byJudith McKenzie

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The concept of natural resources as 'commons' has been with us since 1968, when Garrett Hardin used that metaphor to draw attention to the human tendency towards overconsumption. In Environmental Politics in Canada McKenzie examines Canada's efforts to avert the tragedy that Hardin foresaw. Atthe same time she offers a broader perspective on the ways in which 'environmental issues' are viewed and managed. In addition to addressing specific issues--diminishing natural resources, genetically modified foods, water contamination, global warming, endangered species protection--McKenziepresents detailed overviews of green political thought and the evolution of environmentalism, as well as the complex political and economic contexts, both domestic and international, within which Canadian environmental policy is made.

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The concept of natural resources as 'commons' has been with us since 1968, when Garrett Hardin used that metaphor to draw attention to the human tendency towards overconsumption. In Environmental Politics in Canada McKenzie examines Canada's efforts to avert the tragedy that Hardin foresaw. Atthe same time she offers a broader perspect...

Prior to attending graduate school at the University of Toronto, McKenzie practised for eight years as an urban planner in both the public (municipal and provincial) sector and private sector. This practical experience has informed McKenzie's work as an academic writing in the field of environmental politics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables, Figures, and BoxesPrefaceIntroduction: Managing the Commons into the Twenty-First Century1. Green Political TheoryThe Liberal Democratic Tradition in CanadaVision One--Green Thought within the Liberal Democratic TraditionVision Two--Deep EcologyCurrents within Ecological (Dark Green) Political ThoughtAboriginal Perspective on NatureOther Theoretical Influences on Green Political ThoughtConclusions2. Environmentalism as a Social MovementSocial-Movement TheoriesWaves of EnvironmentalismTowards a Typology of Green Organizations in CanadaEnvironmentalism Values and BeliefsConclusions3. The Governmental Role in Environmental PolicyConstitutional Ambiguity and Political JurisdictionThe Three Eras of Federal and Provincial Environmental Policy MakingEnvironmental Policy MakingAnatomy of a Policy--Protecting Species at RiskConclusion4. Natural Resources in the Canadian CommonsThe Three Perspectives on Natural ResourcesThe Fish ResourceMineral ResourcesThe Agricultural ResourceThe Forestry ResourceWater--Resource or Commodity?5. The Health and Security ImperativesThe Health ImperativeTransboundary and International Environmental Issues with Implications for HealthThe Security ImperativeConclusions on the Health and Security Imperatives6. Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Trade Liberalization, and the EnvironmentMultilateral Environmental Agreements in Canadian SovereigntyInternational Environmental Agreements Prior to StockholmThe Stockholm Conference of 1972Trade and the EnvironmentConclusionEpilogueNotesReferencesIndex

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"Environmental Politics in Canada, which has been designed as an undergraduate course text, poses a number of important questions in the book's preface including: Why are governments reluctant to legislate on behalf of the environment? Why have some groups and individuals been listened to atthe expense of others? In attempting to answer these questions, Judith McKenzie seeks to explain the roots of natural resources and environmental mismanagement by reference to the domination of liberal economic and political thought over the greener political visions. In this ideational context, sheargues, environmental groups have been unable to wrest control of the politival agenda from economic interests, often with regrettable results in terms of the environment and public health." --Debora L. Vannijnatten (Wilfrid Laurier University), Canadian Journal of Political Science, issue 36:3